Lepidozona retiporosa (Carpenter, 1864)
Common name(s): Little lepidozona
|Synonyms: Lepidozona retiporosus|
|Lepidozona retiporosa, 12 mm long, captured at about 12-15 m depth near Rosario. The head is to the left.|
|(Photo by: Dave Cowles, August 2007. Aaron Baldwin helped with the identification)|
How to Distinguish from Similar Species: Several other Lepidozona species have distinct longitudinal ridges between the pits on the central areas of the plates.
Geographical Range: Southern Alaska to northern Mexico
Depth Range: (Usually < 15 m depth in California)
This species is not often seen.
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Lamb and Hanby, 2005
General Notes and Observations: Locations, abundances, unusual behaviors:
I have encountered this species occasionally clinging to
objects, especially from the 100 m depth trawls we do in the San Juan
It is almost always quite small--I have rarely seen it over about 1.5
This closeup of the mantle shows the scattered, oval scales on the dorsal surface, and the spicules which are visible along the mantle margin.
The central areas of the plates have more or less longitudinal rows of shallow pits but the ridges between the pits are not prominent. This is a view of plates 2 (on left) to 6.
An individual found in 2014
This closeup shows the elongated, overlapping scales on the girdle.
This underside view, taken of an individual crawling across glass, shows the orange-red margins of the foot.